BasketBull Hoops Fest Day 2 Recap

Day 2 of the BasketBull HoopsFest saw more great individual performances as well as some outstanding teams matchups during the day.  Let's take a quick look at which players and games stood out.  

Game of the Day

NMH 95
Spire Institute 88

Spire dominated this game for the first 30 minutes behind the dynamic backcourt duo of Marcus Ottey and Tyree Gumbs-Frater.  The two combined for 49 points in the game and controlled the entire tempo during this time.  But, NMH contined to hang around never trailing by more than 12 points in the 2nd half.  A late run fueled by AJ Brodeur and Kellen Grady brought NMH to within 3 with about :15 to go.  Two offensive rebounds on missed three-pointers gave NMH and Grady a 3rd look, which tied the game and sent it to OT as time expired.  NMH pulled away in OT winning 95-88.  Brodeur led all scorers in the game with 33 points and 13 rebounds while Grady finished with 22 points. 

Top Performers

Kellen Grady, NMH - As quiet as he was for 30 minutes, Grady took over in the last 10 and OT for NMH.  Showing his ability to shoot the ball (six 3's), put it on the deck, and make good decision, Grady has all the tools to play at a high level. 

AJ Brodeur, NMH - The 6'8 Penn committ was simply overpowering in both games.  Finishing on post moves, put backs and running the floor Brodeur never takes a play off.  Brodeur scored 33 and 11 in the 1st game and followed it up 5 hours later with 26 points, 9 rebounds.  

Tyrell Gumbs-Frater, Spire - The left-handed off-guard just knows how to put the ball in the basket.  Connecting on 25 points in their loss to NMH, Gumbs-Frater picks his spots as well as anyone.  

Marcus Ottey, Spire - Ottey is electric, explosive, and powerful.  An offer from Wichita State sums up his week.  

Dimencio Vaughn, Masters - Vaughn is a 6'5 wing that almost willed Masters to a comback win over New Hampton before following out.  The lefty has a great build for the college level and was almost impossible to stop in attacking the rim.  Vaughn finished with 21 points and 8 rebounds.  

Will Rayman, New Hampton - Using his size and skill to pose matchup problems for Masters, Rayman scored in a multitude of ways playing in front of his future coach, Matt Langel.  The 26 points effort on 8-13 of shooting proved to be just what was need for New Hampton to seal the win.  

Matt Turner, Blair - Turner absolutely lit up Wilbraham and Monson, hitting six 3-pointers for Blair.  The 6'4 junior guard does an excellent job of moving without the ball, and setting his feet.  George Washington head coach Mike Lonergan was in attendance and reportedly offered Turner.  

Deng Gak, Blair - The 6'11 forward is getting recruited by a ton of high major school and showed why in his matchup with Wenyen Gabriel.  Gak moves very well, is extremely long, has good skill and doesn't mind mixing things up.  Gak proved to be a matchup problem with Gabriel and WMA all day.  

Wenyen Gabriel, WMA - Finished with 17 and 12 for WMA but had to earn every stat he put on the board with the 6'11 Gak and 6'7 Kodye Pugh watching his every move.  Gabriel, when playing with a high motor, shows just why he was so heavily coveted all summer.  

Saul Phiri, Putnam Science - Phiri had back to back 17-point performances this week for Putnam Science.  Phiri shot 7-11 from three over the two days and can be best described as efficient.  

Mamadou Diarra/Hamidou Diallo, Putnam Science - This duo causes fits for everyone they play and this week was no difference.  They play with so much heart and effort every possession, it's refrehsing to watch.  They combined for 51 points in the two 20+ wins for PA in less than 20 minutes each.  

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